Senate Minority Leader James Orengo has withdrawn from the case in which Kenya Civil Aviations Authority wants Weston Hotel return the land in which it stands.

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KCAA had appointed Mr Orengo, Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo and lawyer Stephen Ligunya as counsels for the case, which had made headlines.

The hotel along Lang'ata Road is owned by Deputy President William Ruto, who recently claimed that he acquired the land without knowledge about it's previous ownership.

But despite National Lands Commission's decision that the hotel compensates KCAA, the airport agency insists that the land should be given back.

Mr Ligunya on Monday informed the court that Orengo, a Senior Counsel, had voluntarily withdrawn from the case despite lawyer Ahmednasir's application to have him out.

“Am disappointed that Senior Counsel James orengo has opted out this matter”, Ahmednasir told the court.

Further, Ahmednasir questioned the headline by the local newspaper titled ” Bank fights to get sh1billion from Ruto hotel”. 

He said the headline by the newspaper is a scheme to litigate what is not before the court and the bank raised a small issue of rejoinder in their application.

But early this year, Mr Ahmednasir insisted that Orengo was unfit to represent KCAA, arguing that his presence and motive was malicious given his position in Parliament.

“I will be filing an application seeking to have the applicant’s lawyers withdraw from the case. The issue to be determined will be whether members of an arm of Government can represent parties. He is a leader of the minority and is expressly prohibited by the Constitution,” Ahmednasir had said.

In response, Orengo had laughed at the threat, saying that many such applications have been filed against him but they have always been futile.

“As to the application my learned friends wants to file, many have been filed against me without success,” he said.